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The idea of an Antichrist — a complete scion of evil to do final battle with good — is an old one, with roots in ancient beliefs like Zoroastrianism. But in its modern and Christian form, it stems mostly from medieval attempts to reconcile certain sections of the biblical Book of Revelation with what is probably a poor understanding of certain epistles of early Christian leaders.


[edit] Development of the term

In multiple places in the letters of John and Paul -- but not in the Book of Revelation -- the term "ἀντίχριστος" (antichristos) is used. Literally translated, it means "anti-messiah" and is used as a label for heretics and false messiahs. One verse in the New Testament even uses the term in the plural:

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.
John 2:18, NIV translation

Antichrists were said to be reflective of the "one antichrist," which seemingly refers to a metaphor for evil as a whole. In later Christian theology, however, this alluded figure became identified with certain figures in Revelation - most commonly the Beast of the thirteenth chapter of the book- and turned into an object of eschatalogical fear. The number of the Beast -- and, hence, the Antichrist -- is 666.

[edit] Dictator as Antichrist

Some believe the Antichrist will be a specific dictator who will rule the whole world for 7 years outlawing all religions except worship of himself; European nations may help him to power. Jesus will defeat the Antichrist after 7 years in the battle of Armageddon.[1][2]

[edit] Popularly elected non-dictator as Antichrist

Some believed that Barack HUSSEIN Obama II is the Antichrist before and after he got elected to be President of the United States. Note that the Maximum term limit of the US President after the 22nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution is just 8 years a bit more than 7 years. Coincidence? While he may have surpassed seven years now, the shoehorn can work wonders.

[edit] Popes as Antichrist

See the main article on this topic: Anti-Catholicism

John Wesley, founder of Methodism, thought the succession of Popes from Gregory VII onwards were undoubtedly the Antichrist; popes were all evil but the very last pope would be the very worst.[3] Others are less specific but state that all popes who think like John Paul II were the Antichrist; presumably that does not go right back to Saint Peter. [4] Ian Paisley accused Pope John Paul II of being the Antichrist, when John Paul was addressing the European Parliament. Paisley was then attacked by various MEPs (including Otto Habsburg). His attitude towards Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis is unknown. In this version the Antichrist does not rule the whole world but his rule lasts longer.

[edit] Religious denominations

Who according to Pat Robertson is the Antichrist?

You say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don't have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. [5]

The answer is a bit vague but certainly many Christian denominations that disagree with him are part of the Antichrist thing.

[edit] Other contenders and helpers

One of many current contenders for his realm is the European Union.

Brother R.G. Stair has alleged that US President Barack Obama is the Antichrist [6] though Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were accused of being the Antichrist before. [7]

Bob Dutko alleges that anything that brings the United States closer to the UN paves the way for the Antichrist.

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[edit] Footnotes

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